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Coming Out

How I Learned To Stop Being Angry At My Sister For Being Anti-Gay

Aly Windsor | Posted 06.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Aly Windsor

I said, "But what if you felt all those things, everything you've just described, but you felt it for someone of the same sex?" My sister's smile fell. She replied, gravely, "The world has fallen, and Satan has turned you."

Jewish Queer Youth Speak Out At Yale

Chaim Levin | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Everytime I discuss going through reparative "therapy" to change my orientation because I believed I could not be gay and Jewish, I continue to be surprised by the shock of the audience.

Stepping Out of the Silence

Chelsea Shamy | Posted 06.20.2012 | Teen
Chelsea Shamy

LGBT individuals should not have to silence themselves out of fear. Everyone should be able to be loud and proud about who they are without consequence.

I Participate in Day of Silence as an Act of Faith

Hannah Kreider | Posted 06.20.2012 | Teen
Hannah Kreider

I see my participation in the Day of Silence as an act of my Christian faith. My participation is guided by my favorite verse, Colossians 3:14, which reads, "But most of all, let love guide your life."

Coming Out To Hone Your Inner Entrepreneur

Heidi E. Lehmann | Posted 06.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Heidi E. Lehmann

Personal identity is probably the biggest asset any of us has, and when this powerful piece of the equation is anchored, no matter whether you're starting a new business, seeking funding for a project, or being a kick-ass rocker, everything else seems to fall into place a little easier.

British Man Who Claims To Have 'Woken Up Gay' After A Stroke Featured In New Documentary

Posted 04.19.2012 | Gay Voices

Chris Birch, the British man who claims to have "woken up gay" after suffering a stroke, is back in the headlines after becoming the subject of a much...

Coming Out To My Bible Study

Maria Burnham | Posted 04.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Maria Burnham

As scared as I was to come out to my family, it was not nearly as daunting as coming out to my Bible Study. I'd been a member of this particular small group for several months before I moved in with my girlfriend, Jenny.

In 'Defense' Of Waiting To Come Out

Khalid El Khatib | Posted 06.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Khalid El Khatib

At brunch last Sunday one of my closest friends was gushing over a guy he met out. His suitor is smart, handsome, employed, rents to own, and has a shared penchant for pizza at 3 a.m. But there's one problem: Prince Charming came out only a few months ago, at 28.

Coming Out: She Had To Be Willing To Die Before She Could Live

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.16.2012 | Gay Voices
BJ Gallagher

I know a number of women -- older women, in particular -- who were married to men when they were younger but partnered up with women later in life. I asked Kristin Katalin to share her personal story.

17 Of The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week

Posted 06.14.2012 | Gay Voices

With so much hate continually aimed at the LGBT community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlight some of the good news we featur...

Telling My 10-Year-Old That I Am Gay

The Didactic Pirate | Posted 06.13.2012 | Parents
The Didactic Pirate

One of the last people I came out to was my 10-year-old daughter, about nine months into the process.  Strange that the final person to hear the news was one of the people who needed to know the most. 

Why Coming Out Of The Closet Is Good For Your Health

Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices

As it turns out, coming out of the closet is good for your health -- if your family members are supportive, that is. A new study conducted by the ...

The Trailblazer Campaign: One Year On

James Duke Mason | Posted 06.11.2012 | Gay Voices
James Duke Mason

An incredible amount has changed in terms of the playing field for openly LGBT actors in the days since the campaign started. In April 2011 things were looking pretty bleak: we had yet to see someone huge come out, someone who could carry a film, a bona fide movie star.

Dear 15-Year-Old Me: I'm Writing To Tell You It Got Better

Robyn Harper | Posted 06.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

I know you wish you weren't gay. I know you wish it wasn't happening to you. I know you feel hard done by. You'll learn in time that you don't really feel like that at all. Believe me when I tell you that you ultimately embrace who you are.

Criminalize The Closet!

Marten Weber | Posted 05.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Fraud is harmful, even if no link to a specific victim can be established. In a way, the closet is like tax evasion. Tax evaders balance the negative impact to themselves (paying taxes) with the legal requirement to contribute to society. The man or woman in the closet does the same.

Be You... And Be Fearless!

Brooke Lewis | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Brooke Lewis

My mission is to empower young people in the LGBT community to be courageous, so that they can make the right choices and find their own voice.

Gabriel Lerner

WATCH: Gay Siblings Tell Of Coming Out To Their Traditional Latino Family | Gabriel Lerner | Posted 03.25.2012 | Latino Voices

It is natural for parents to daydream about their children's future and to worry about the things which may cause misery or harm to them. In many Hisp...

61, Gay, And Closeted: Is It Too Late For Him?

John Shore | Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices
John Shore

The reason you want to come out is not because of what it will do for your relationship with others. It's because of what coming out will do for your relationship with you. The kind of stress born of living a lie will age you prematurely.

Two Authors Talk Life, Art and Love

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 05.21.2012 | Books
Kergan Edwards-Stout

There were beautiful men everywhere, and I wanted so much to belong, but I always felt as if I were on the outside, looking in...

Off The Ice: Gay Canadian Teen Jock Comes Out On YouTube

Posted 03.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Coming out can be a difficult process for any teenager. According to Scott Heggart, it's even harder when you're an athlete. The Canadian-born Heg...

'The World of Normal Boys' Author K. M. Soehnlein Brings His Timeless Coming-Out Story to Magnet Book Club

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 05.15.2012 | San Francisco
Oscar Raymundo

Gay coming-out novels are a dime a dozen. But The World of Normal Boys is something else. It's a detailed exploration into the consciousness of a 13-year-old boy as he struggles to figure out who he is meant to be.

'Whitney' Character Comes Out

Posted 05.15.2012 | TV

It's been a whirlwind ride for Neal and Lily in the past several episodes on "Whitney" (Wed., 8 p.m. ET on NBC). The couple went from engaged to sudde...

Just Left The Closet: A Much-Needed Community For LGBT Teens

Jeremy Cabalona | Posted 05.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Cabalona

It wasn't long ago that I was in the same position as many Just Left the Closet members. Growing up, what I needed more than anything were real friends and open conversation. That is exactly what we want JLTC to be: a place to make friends and have open conversation.

College Student Reportedly Threatened With Campus Housing Expulsion After Coming Out

Posted 03.13.2012 | Gay Voices

A Michigan-based lesbian student claims to have been threatened to be thrown out of her Christian college's on-campus housing if she doesn't remove re...

When It Doesn't Get Better

Lance Brister | Posted 05.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Lance Brister

When I came out as a teenager, my mother made it clear that she didn't want to hear about that part of my life. So I grew accustomed to changing pronouns and omitting big chunks of my history when I related it. Romances. Relationships. Heartbreaks. Friendships. Dreams.